Creating Class Objects in Loop

John Nagle nagle at
Mon Mar 31 06:34:00 CEST 2008

Fish wrote:
> Hello Folks,
> I am reading a CSV file and based on that I am creating TestCase(my
> own defined class) objects in a for loop. The problem is each time I
> create a new TestCase object in loop, previous objects data is already
> copied in that object.

    What's actually happening to you is that you've run into one of the
dumber features of Python - default values for parameters which are
mutable, like lists, result in rather unexpected behavior.   The
problem is that

	def __init__(self, pcap = None, sids = []):

creates the empty list "[]" once at startup, and that list is
persistent across calls to __init__.  Yes, that's wierd, but
Python does that for historical reasons.

    Actually, you can write your main loop much more simply:

  def returnTcLst(path):
    fp = open(path)
    for line in fp:
        fields = line.split(",") # split into list at commas
        fields = map(lambda(s) : s.strip(), fields) # strip whitespace
        tcLst.append(TestCase(fields[0], fields[1:])) # pcap, then sids

				John Nagle

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